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Sparkle On July is here! No question about it, when you walk outside, for most of us, it’s very clearly summer with the heat hitting our faces as soon as we venture outside.    It’s also July,

Sparkle On

July is here! No question about it, when you walk outside, for most of us, it’s very clearly summer with the heat hitting our faces as soon as we venture outside.    It’s also July, that time of the year when everything starts to become red, white, and blue – and sparkly!  I am a glitter girl, bling-queen, and lover-of-all-that-sparkles. Of course, with July comes all of the fireworks, sparkles, and celebrations.  I am all about celebrations, too.  Both special occasions and celebrating everyday life.

Summer is the time for cooling off, traveling, and celebrations.  We’ll feature some of ALL of that in this month’s NFD, ESPECIALLY the celebrations.      Through the new “Untold” project, we will share articles that feature stories of courage and inspiration from people who have shown tremendous courage and bravery through difficult times and situations, and who bring personal stories and messages of triumph,  inspiration, and celebration.   Some are cancer survivors, others have survived other diagnoses and illnesses, while others have triumphed over not a health issue, but difficult life circumstances.  Situations may be different, but the common thread is triumph, hope, and celebration of life – and they all “sparkle” with their attitude towards life.

Always true to our roots, we want to promote cancer awareness and education.  July marks Sarcoma Awareness Month which is a cancer that doesn’t get as much attention as some of those with which we are more familiar but deserves our attention, so we’ll educate our readers who are not familiar with sarcoma about this rare cancer.

Let’s continue the June celebration that we started with National Cancer Survivors Month into this next month as we celebrate all of those with “Untold” stories and everyday life. And don’t let anyone “dull your sparkle” – one of my favorite sayings.    May all of your days in July be as sparkly as the fireworks that we are sure to see on the 4th!

Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay SURVIVOR strong! 




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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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